Honor Frost

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One aspect of Honor Frost's distinguished career was missing from your obituary on 8 November, writes Jane Shore Nicholas, founder-member, Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet. In the mid-Forties she designed a ballet, Khadra, which was choreographed by Celia Franca for the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet to music by Sibelius. The company had been founded by Ninette de Valois to fill the gap left when the original Sadler's Wells company moved to the Royal Opera House in 1946. The ballet portrayed a mischievous young Persian girl and a princess and many other characters. The set and costumes were most beautifully designed on the lines of Persian miniatures, vibrant with colour. The company was full of young dancers early in their careers and we all loved it.

In 1947 Frost collaborated again with Franca for Bailemos, a ballet on aSpanish theme. This second workwas not so successful but Arnold Haskell, the doyen of dance criticsat the time, felt that "the combination of Franca and Frost was capable of producing work of great depth and beauty".

Had she not been diverted into a diving and archaeological career I am sure she would have had a very successful life as a designer for the theatre.